Shout! Studios and celebrated anime studio Toei Animation Inc. on Jan. 31 announced a new home entertainment distribution deal for Digimon Adventure 02 The Beginning, the 2023 feature film based on the original TV sequel series from the globally popular Digimon anime franchise, which marks its 25th anniversary this year.
The multiyear partnership provides Shout! Studios with North American home entertainment distribution rights to the film for cross-platform releases in the United States and Canada, including all packaged-media and electronic sellthrough digital rights.
Shout! says it plans a strategic rollout of the film across multiple entertainment platforms in 2024.
“We are delighted by this new opportunity with Toei Animation,” said Melissa Boag, Shout! Studios EVP of kids and family entertainment. “Over the years, we enjoyed tremendous success with the ‘Digimon Adventure tri.’ film series and Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna. We look forward to presenting Digimon Adventure 02 The Beginning to anime fans and families through home entertainment very soon.”
Masayuki Endo, president and CEO of Toei Animation, added that “today’s news is one of many exciting things planned during 2024 as part of Toei Animation’s year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of Digimon.”
Digimon Adventure 02 The Beginning enjoyed a two-day U.S. theatrical release in November by Toei Animation and Fathom Events. Based on the TV sequel series “Digimon Adventure 02” and its new cast of children that aired in 2000, the movie is a contemporary continuation of the series, with the DigiDestined children now 20-year-old young adults. The film was directed by Tomohisa Taguchi from a script by Akatsuki Yamatoya, with production by Toei Animation.
The home entertainment release features an English dub produced by Toei Animation specifically for the U.S. theatrical run. The English voice cast includes Brian Donovan, who voiced the character Daisuke Motomiya in the TV series, along with Jeannie Tirado, Bryce Papenbrook, Tara Sands, Johnny Yong Bosch, and Derek Stephen Prince.
The film is set in 2012, 10 years since the adventure in the Digital World. Daisuke Motomiya is now 20, and he and the rest of the DigiDestined seem to be changing bit by bit in terms of appearance and lifestyle. Then, one day, a giant Digitama suddenly appears in the sky over Tokyo Tower. Daisuke and the others encounter a mysterious young man named Lui Ohwada, who informs them that he’s the first-ever DigiDestined in the world.